$8M Will Buy You an Entire Nevada Town

Complete with casino, bar, airstrip, and 375 or so residents
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2016 4:32 PM CDT
$8M Will Buy You an Entire Nevada Town
The town of Cal-Nev-Ari, Nev., can be yours for a mere $8 million. Photo by Stan Shebs.   (Wikimedia Commons)

A couple hundred miles from San Francisco, where somedays it seems like $8 million will just about get you a dilapidated one-bedroom condo, that amount of money can buy you an entire town. CBS News reports Nancy Kidwell is selling the Nevada town she founded in 1951 with her first husband, Slim. Cal-Nev-Ari lies 80 miles south of Las Vegas and boasts 375 or so residents, a hotel, a general store, a casino, and even a few stop signs. "It may look bland and boring, but it's pretty cool," says one 12-year-old resident. Kidwell got the land from the federal government when it was nothing but an old WWII airstrip. She and Slim built it up from nothing, and when Slim died in 1983 of Alzheimer's—he was 34 years her senior, according to AFP—she married his son Ace and kept going.

Five years after Ace's death, also of Alzheimer's, Kidwell is the town's mayor and police chief; she makes sure there's water in the tank every day, orders provisions for the cafe, and does just about everything else. But at 78 years old, it's time to retire. "I'm selling it because I'm not getting any younger," Kidwell tells CBS. "There's no one to take my place, so I have to start providing for the future of the community." Cal-Nev-Ari is listed on BizBuySell.com, and there are already a handful of interested buyers. One wants to build an automobile test track; another wants to open a marijuana resort. But there's one catch to the sale: The cemetery where Ace and Slim are buried and where Nancy already has a plot must remain. "When your roots are somewhere, that's where you want to be," she tells CBS. (In Maine, this property promised an escape from doomsday.)

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